Spring is here, and that means it’s time to recognize those who come out periodically to help clean up the environment, whether on the streets of Meriden or the banks of the Quinnipiac River.
Volunteers took on both tasks last weekend during the Mayor’s Community Cleanup Day and the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association’s Spring River Clean Up.
Dozens of volunteers joined Mayor Kevin Scarpati Saturday at the downtown Meriden Green to help spruce up the city, in conjunction with the Council of Neighborhoods. Then they either worked on the Green itself or fanned out across the city to locations that had been designated as needing some help, or to work their own neighborhoods.
The Silver City has at least its share of the usual urban problems — including a self-image that can always use some polishing — but this was the kind of activity that makes a positive difference while also building community.
“This is not only about bringing people together today, but is about improving the vision and the look of the city,” said Scarpati.
Locations needing attention were identified in advance, and this time included sites on Camp, Bunker, Pleasant, Maple and Elm streets, as well as in South Meriden.
QRWA members reported removing a “significant” amount of trash from the river in Meriden and Wallingford.
Another encouraging aspect of Saturday’s efforts was the participation of young children and teens, including a group of football teammates from Maloney High School.
“This is just to show that we care about our city,” said Trevor Santiago, a junior. “It’s not just about football. We like to come out and represent.”
The Mayor’s Community Cleanup Day is held twice a year, in May and October.
“I do know it improves the overall look and feel of the city,” Scarpati said.
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